African Plant Database

Gladiolus metallicola Goldblatt
Protologue : Novon 18[2]: 165 (2008); Novon 18: 164-165 (2008)
Information on the genus : Gladiolus
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb 45-50 cm tall; corm probably globose, c. 1,5 cm Ø; leaves 5-6, the lower 2 with sublinear blades about as long as stem, 2-6 mm wide, margins and central vein heavily thickened (hyaline and conspicuous when dry); spike 10-15-flowered; bracts c. 1 cm long; flowers pale blue-lilac, midline of tepals marked dark red; tube c. 1 cm long; tepals basally narrowed, without tapering attenuate tips, the dorsal largest, c. 1,6 cm long; anthers 4-5 mm long; style short, dividing between base and middle of anthers; capsule and seeds unknown.
Ecology : Heavy-metal-enriched soils and rocks of the Great Dyke (Zimbabwe).
  Only known from the type collected in 1981. Near G. permeabilis subsp. edulis.
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carte afrique num 185265
Record n°185265 created 2008-06-06 - modified 2008-06-06
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